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Nobody's perfect, including your headphone and a little bit of tuning goes a long way. The Loki is the best tone control device that lets you get the most out of your headphones or speakers. You don't even need to be satisfied with just reducing imperfections, get your music to sound the way you want. Whether you are a bass head, revel in the mids or simply enjoy new highs; The Loki tunes your music to your tastes.
Remember that time when equalizers used to be a stack of noisy op-amps and dust collecting sliders? Well, the Loki has certainly made life easier with its flexibility and transparency. Did you just ask how? Well, firstly, it has a gyrator for the bass. Sounds cool? Let’s move on. It also has a current feedback gain stage and passive LC filters for 3 bands. Lastly, it uses Alps potentiometers for better control.
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz-20Khz, -0.1db
|MAXIMUM OUPUT||10V RMS into 10K ohms|
|THD||Less than 0.002%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 2V RMS in/out, pots centered, active stage enabled, less than 0.01% at any potentiometer setting|
|IMD||Less than 0.002%, CCIF|
|SNR||Greater than 109db, unweighted, referenced to 1V RMS|
|OUTPUT IMPEDANCE||75 ohms|
|INPUT IMPEDANCE||47K ohms|
|BANDS||20Hz, 400Hz, 2kHz, 8kHz|
|ADJUSTMENT||+/-12dB at 20Hz and 8kHz, +/-6dB at 400Hz and 2kHz|
|TOPOLOGY||fully discrete, all-bipolar, symmetrical current-feedback design with no capacitors in the signal path and DC servo|
|FILTERING||Capacitor-gyrator for 20Hz, capacitor-inductor (LC) for all other bands|
|WEIGHT||453g (1 lb)|
Schiit - Loki
The Schiit Loki is a lot more sleeker, transparent and flexible than other equalizers. Of course, if you still prefer the old noisy ones with dusty sliders; we are not judging.
The Schiit Loki is a single-gain-stage active equalizer. It also has non-constant-Q passive filtering. Translation: Each band in this equalizer changes from broad to narrow as the gain is increased.
The Loki can fine-tune your audio to make it better. Whether it can sound like a recording artist in a studio? Hmmm.....It depends on what you are listening to and how much bass/treble you need.
After connecting it, you can bypass the equalizer simply by switching the switch in front. We did say it ranks high on transparency.
Considering you need to connect it to a power outlet, we wouldn’t really recommend it as an on-the-go device.
Nope, you’re saying that. Not us.
Right. And, as you’ll note, it’s a standalone product. You can add it to your system if you’d like, or act like it doesn’t exist. It won’t add itself to your cart if you happen to buy, say, a Modi Multibit (or anything else.)
As with the previous question, there’s nothing stopping you from assembling a minimalist, no-tone-control system from our extensive product line. Adding Loki is a choice you can make. If you’d like. No pressure.
The world changed, and we decided to experiment a bit. That’s it in a nutshell. The longer explanation includes the fact that tone controls have pretty much become verboten over the last three decades in high-end audio. For those of you who remember some crappy tone control and EQ implementations, including dull, veiled, nasty-sounding knobs on the front of receivers and noisy, truly awful-sounding banks of 10 to 30 sliders (usually fixed in a death-grin), you know that there’s a good reason tone controls went away. But we decided to take a look at it and see what we could make with a single gain stage (rather than 10-30 op-amps in a row) and using passive LC (inductor-capacitor) filtering wherever possible. And we found that we could create an extremely transparent equalizer that allowed for some very nice control over tonal characteristics, without the downside of traditional tone controls or EQs. So we decided to make it and see if you find it interesting as well.
Because we live in an imperfect world, and because individuals have individual preferences. Nobody can say their speakers or headphones are ruler-flat. Nobody can say that all of their recordings are audiophile-quality. Loki provides a way to adjust for imperfect systems and imperfect recordings.
If it sounds good to you, who cares?
Cool. Then don’t get a Loki. Nobody’s making you buy it.
Yes. There’s a switch on the front to completely bypass the tone control stage—as in, a relay connects the input and output directly, no active devices in the signal path at all.
Yes, we do think Loki is very transparent.
No. Technically, Loki is a single-gain-stage active EQ with non-constant-Q passive filtering. In more English-y terms, that means that each band varies from broad to narrower as its gain is increased—small turns of the knobs result in broad, shallow changes, and bigger turns result in more narrow-band changes.
It’s similar, yes, in that it is a fully discrete, current-feedback topology, but it is single-ended.
We do like high value, but we’re not crazy. At least not as an official diagnosis.
That’s cool. There are some of those out there. They just won’t be Loki.
If you’d like to use software EQ (supplied with many playback software packages these days), that’s certainly an option—and you can probably get your parametric EQ there, if that’s what you want. However, you may prefer Loki…and once you get away from a computer source, an external hardware EQ is necessary if you want tone control.
Yep! Loki is the trickster god in Norse mythology. And it’s a neat name for a tricky little product. Now that we’re off the DSD train, it’s perfect for reviving a whole new category of products.
Come on, now, you know we don’t discuss future products. However, we’re always open to expanding the line in meaningful ways if this model does well—including coming up with a family of Lokis with different capabilities and at different price points. After all, Loki is a trickster, ever-changing.
Don't sweat it, this Schiit Loki comes with a 2 year warranty from Schiit that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.
Read more about Schiit's warranty in India.
"I found Loki particularly useful with headphones, where for example I could bump up the deep bass to add weight to the sound, and tame brightness by shelving down 8 kHz."Read More
The device does its job well in terms of controlling the frequencies. It works better than 31 channel equalizers in terms of usage as well as distortion. The bypass mode is perfect.
One problem that I am struggling with is a loud hum. I have very sensitive speakers so Loki is almost useless for me unless I find a way out. Plugging into different power sources has not solved the issue. It uses AC power so I cannot try a different power supply. The hum goes off completely in the bypass mode, so it is not related to any other part of my system :(
It has been a few days since I plugged the Loki into my system and I'm sure I cannot live without it. As the description says it allows you to tune the sound according to your taste. I have found myself enjoying the poorer recordings in my collection much more since the Loki is plugged in. I can also compensate for issues with room acoustics. The unit is sufficiently transparent to allow you to clearly hear differences between cables used upstream in the chain. The build and finish is excellent and the knobs have a firm motion. I would say that this goes a long way towards correcting issues with tonal balance in your recordings or system components. I also like to listen at low volumes and the Loki helps me get a good tonal balance at very low volumes too - people using older stereo amps will remember the loudness control and tone controls (these are no longer common with most audiophile equipment today)
However, do not expect this to make something really crappy sound good - though it will go a long way towards making it sound better!
Everything considered, this is something I would recommend to everybody. Like all the products from Schiit, the value for money proposition is fantastic.
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The story of Schiit Audio begins with two veteran audiophiles Jason Stoddard, formerly of Sumo, and Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta coming together to shake things up a bit. Both of them have extensive experience in developing lots of audio and A/V products including the Andromeda III, Cobalt 307, DS Pre and Angstrom 200. From power amplifiers, I/V conversion stages, D/A converters, relay-switched stepped attenuator volume controls in preamps to developing the first DTS home theatre surround processor on the market, Schiit Audio has developed a lot of audio products over the years.
Headphones are the need of the hour everyone who likes music uses a headphone. Therefore Schiit Audio moved to develop personal audio equipment while continuing to design a speaker-based system which includes the industry-leading preamps, amps and DACs. So right now Schiit Audio has a plethora of audio products ranging from personal audio to speaker-based systems. Schiit designs affordable audio products that bring happiness in your lives.
Unlike ordinary DACs that use delta-sigma, NOS (new old stock) D/A chips, multibit chips, high-cost R2R ladders, Schiit uses unique DSP-based closed-form digital filter which improves the sonic performance of the multibit DAC. Therefore the Schiit's multibit technology brings all of it together using the current-production, medical/military grade D/A converters.
Schiit has opted for an innovative approach for the analog side as well. Even the most affordable Schiit headphone amplifier is a miniature, fully discrete, DC coupled, current-feedback power amplifier. Schiit is credited for introducing Continuity output stage to solve the issue of transconductance droop which was common in Class AB amplifier design. Schiit has also developed balanced topologies like Nexus in Ragnarok 2 and a perfect combination of tube and solid-state with Coherence in Lyr 3.
All the Schiit products are designed for solidity and durability. Even the smallest of the products are made of aluminium and steel while the larger products are made of high-end C core transformers, power supply filtering and low-noise control. All the products have to go through severe testing procedures including the latest APx555 audio analyzer and Avermetrics analyzers. Every product from Asgard and up goes through burn-in to address the issues faced during the initial period of usage. Schiit takes care of all the service and support requirements so that you can concentrate on great sound.
Schiit believes that local control of all the aspects of production improves the delivering of the product. Therefore all the Schiit products are designed and made in the USA and most of the cost of the components are going to the US-based companies. Assembled in the USA means that Schiit's chassis guys are from San Fernando Valley, Schiit transformers are made in California, Schiit boards come from the east coast of the USA and all the designing, assembling and testing of Schiit products happen in Valencia, California.
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